"There is no quibble about raising him to the higher rungs on the steep ladder of Canadian singer-songwriters, not just his contemporaries but of all time." - Doug Swanson, Penguin Eggs Magazine
"This alone should elevate Jay Aymar to front and center stage where the likes of John Prine, Randy Newman and all the others .... He’s that good." - John Apice, No Depression Magazine
"Aymar is a classic..." - David Farrell, New Canadian Music
“He frequently gets compared to John Prine or Lyle Lovett for his “homemade” songs, but this critic also hears a little of Leonard Cohen in his soft, low-key delivery." - Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs Magazine
"Ontario-based singer-songwriter Aymar sounds something like an amalgamation of Tom Rush, Jesse Winchester and Guy Clark." - Jerome Clark, Rambles Magazine
You have to think that anyone who gets one of their songs covered by the iconic Ian Tyson must be a pretty good songwriter. Such is the case for Canadian singer/songwriter Jay Aymar who is known for his rich lyrical content and engaging live performances. Jay has been described as an 'everyman' as he gets his songs from the people he meets, and they are as complicated — and simple — as the drifter on the trail or the writer hidden in the corner of a small café. His songs cover themes central to everyday life, love, spirituality and the human condition and he cites the influence of the touring lifestyle as his primary source of inspiration. Jay's work has elicited comparisons to Johnny Cash, Steve Goodman, and John Prine and his song “My Cherry Coloured Rose” was covered by Ian Tyson for his album From Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories. Jay performs throughout Canada and the US at clubs, theaters, and festivals. He has released 5 studio albums and one live album accompanied by a book of his short stories. His album Halfway Home garnered a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Emerging Artist. Jay recently released a new album, Your Perfect Matador.